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Virginia PTA official faces embezzlement charges.
Christina Saunders, 33, was charged with stealing about $7,000 from Matoaca Elementary School’s PTA. Saunders served as the PTA’s president and allegedly took the money between Oct. 2017 and Jan. 2018.
Records pulled from the state’s online courts database reveal that Saunders had previous run-ins with the law.
Saunders’ case is the second PTA member charged with embezzling funds recently. Last year, Jessica L. Yeakey, 40, was charged with three counts of theft of $2,800 from Elizabeth Scott Elementary School’s PTA. PTA members contacted Chesterfield County Council PTA to conduct an audit which revealed financial mismanagement.
CCCPTA supports and provides resources to the school-level groups, but doesn’t oversee their operations. To deter embezzlement, CCCPTA recommends two signers on all checks, as well as providing monthly treasurer’s reports and bank statements to each school’s PTA.